Annual Fund


Give to Our Annual Fund

Madison Public Library Foundation’s annual fund provides critical support to core library needs. Some of these include: 

  • collections
  • technology
  • programs
  • professional development opportunities for staff
  • equity & innovation initiatives
  • library leadership requests
  • mini-grants for smaller projects that present themselves throughout the year

The foundation’s Grants Committee meets throughout the year to review requests from library leadership, and issues nearly $100,000 each year for these purposes. View our grants flyer to see what our current round of annual fund grants are supporting.

Past Annual Fund Grants


High Use & New Media
Collection Improvements: $30,000
Professional Development: $25,000
Staff Day: $5,000
Systemwide Technology Improvements: $20,000
The Wonder of Learning exhibit: $11,000
Director’s Discretionary Fund: $5,000
Black Men Run, Brown Boys Read: $10,000
Pathway to Cooperative Entrepreneurship:
High Loss Materials Replacement: $33,000
Increasing Accessibility at the library: $36,000
Meet Your Madison Public Library: $3,000
Who Matters? Volume Two: $3,000

Equity Collections: $15,000
Media Lab: $30,000
Professional Development: $20,000
Staff Day: $5,000
Technology Updates: $15,000
Library as Retreat: $1,180
Making Justice: $2,000
Who Matters? intergenerational photo exhibit: $2,000
Making Justice: $2,000
Anji Play: $2,000
Play Literacy Rebuild: $2,000
Library Takeover: $2,000
Professional Development: $15,800
Staff Day: $5,000
One Book at a Time: $10,000
Library Takeover: $18,000
Internships Toward Equity: $10,200
Community Liaisons: $5,000
Director’s Discretionary Fund: $5,000

About the Festival

Since 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has brought thousands of local and internationally acclaimed authors to downtown Madison in celebration of literacy, conversation and ideas. Presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with the foundation, the festival offers year-round events led by authors representing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, spoken word and other genres. The 2020 festival celebration is scheduled for October 15–18. 

Most events are normally held at Central Library, with some at other libraries, local bookstores and UW-Madison campus venues. Approximately 15,000 people attend festival talks each year. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is live streaming its events.

What makes the festival an incredibly successful Madison tradition is that all events are FREE and available to the public. To achieve this, the foundation raises half of the festival's $250,000 annual budget through private donations.

Join a community of readers, book lovers and enthusiastic supporters and ensure the festival's future as a vital part of Madison culture by contributing today.